Friday, 20 October, 2017

76ers, Joel Embiid agree to 5-year, $148M contract extension, report says

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Clarence Duncan | 12 October, 2017, 00:46

The 76ers have put their trust in Joel Embiid.

Here's how a flawless storm of calamity would have to unfold for Embiid to earn any less than the full $146.5 million: Across each of the final four seasons of the extension, ending with the 2022-23 season, the 76ers could waive Embiid for a financial benefit if he's lost because of a contractually agreed-upon injury that causes him to miss 25 or more regular-season games and if he plays fewer than 1,650 minutes, league sources said.

Joel Embiid recently signed a five-year, $148 million extension with the 76ers, and the debates began nearly Immediately about whether Embiid could live up to that contract, given his injury history.

For the rest of us schlubs, well, we'll just have to keep waiting until the regular season for a legal way to watch Embiid play basketball. "It wasn't a surprise to me", Okafor told the Philadelphia Daily News. And given Embiid's rare talent, there's a belief that he'd have to suffer a career-ending injury to inspire the 76ers to release him. "I want to thank ownership, management, the coaches and most of all the fans, for supporting me throughout this whole process".

Former KU wing Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft (Embiid was tabbed third in the same draft) has said he will sign his own five-year, $148 million contract extension before the October 16 deadline to prevent him from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2017-18 campaign.

One hundred and forty-eight million dollars for a man that has played just 31 games in three seasons.

"He's a difference maker", coach Brett Brown said Monday.

"He has a chance to be great", Brown said. There's still lots of work to be done. "I can't wait for him to start playing with us".

The Sixers, who play the Miami Heat on Friday night in an National Basketball Association exhibition game at the Sprint Center, are planning on practicing Thursday in Lawrence, a Sixers official told The Star on Tuesday night. Wiggins and the Timberwolves are working on a deal that should pay him the max.

Or anxious enough to lose him down the line without striking a deal.

"Joel is only scratching the surface, but he has all the potential and promise to go down as one of the all-time greats to wear a Sixers jersey", team president Bryan Colangelo said.

But his popularity hasn't matched his production. During his rookie season, Embiid averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks from just 25.4 minutes per game, while shooting an impressive 37 percent from three-point range.

Continuing down the road of hypotheticals, the impact of Embiid on the court for the Sixers last season was a difference of almost 30 calculated wins.

Heading into this campaign, the 23-year-old's health is still a concern as he's yet to play in a pre-season game and is doubtful to play in their opening night encounter against the Washington Wizards next week. The 76ers expect big things out of the talented young trio of Embiid, Ben Simmons (the No. 1 overall pick in 2016) and Markelle Fultz (the No. 1 overall selection in 2017) moving forward.

That skill-set he's shown, that glimpse of greatness over 31 games, is what makes the reward of the Joel Embiid contract extension greater than the enormous risk the 76ers are undertaking by re-signing him. He does it with a defensive mindset. We'll skip on the hotel since you have a 5:50 departing flight Saturday morning, bringing your flight grand total to $780 before you spend a dime on tickets, food, Ubers from the airport, or anything else. That number is the biggest argument against Embiid and his new contract. I wouldn't want to compare Embiid to Gregg Oden, Andrew Bynum, Yao Ming. but the trend with such injuries is one that can not be overlooked.


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